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Melodrama and realism were common allies as realism sought to escape the problems inherent in it and melodrama sought a new authentication as in the 1861 production of The Octoroon
Boucicault, Dion, 1820-1890
Po-ca-hon-tas, or The Gentle Savage
Flyer for Po-ca-hon-tas, or The Gentle Savage (subtitled 'An Original Aboriginal Erratic Operatic Semi-civilized and Demi-savage Extravaganza'), a two-act musical burlesque by John Brougham. It debuted in 1855 and became an instant hit. Po-ca-hon-tas remained a staple of theatre troupes and blackface minstrel companies for the next 30 years, typically as an afterpiece. The play parodies the Indian narratives that were popular at the time in the United States, particularly those featuring Indian heroines in the Noble Savage mold. The burlesque is usually credited with bringing the fad for Indian narratives to an end.
Brougham, John, 1810-1880
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